Online PhD in Health Services

Reach your potential and learn to effect positive change in health policy with a PhD in Health Services degree.
Reach your potential and learn to effect positive change in health policy with a PhD in Health Services degree.

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Online PhD in Health Services

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Please use our International Form if you live outside of the U.S.

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Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: A master’s degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

Your Doctoral Journey

At Walden, we’ll guide you every step of the way with a comprehensive suite of support resources designed to help you confidently pursue the finish line, including our Doctoral Degree CoachTM. Are you ready to reach a higher level in your field?

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A Personalized Guide to Completing Your Doctorate

Earning your PhD in Health Services requires commitment, perseverance, and hard work. You can do it, and Walden is here to help—with our Doctoral Degree Coach™.

  • Map and Track Milestones: Break your research down into manageable, sequential steps. See where you are, what’s ahead, and what you’ve already accomplished—all in one place.
  • Meet Weekly Targets: No more guesswork. Set prompts based on your to-do list and receive reminders and updates directly to your inbox.
  • Connect With Faculty: Stay on the same page and keep your progress on track. With shared access to your dashboard, your chair can easily guide you through your checklists, goals, and timelines.
  • Access Helpful Resources: Quickly find support from the right person at the right time. Our comprehensive resource guide points you in the right direction—no more frustrating searches.

Program Outcomes

Career Outlook

Walden’s PhD in Health Services program can prepare you for a leadership position at the forefront of the design and delivery of cutting-edge health services in both the private and public sectors. Choose from career options in the following areas:

  • Drug manufacturers
  • Elder services
  • Governmental health agencies
  • Health insurance companies
  • Healthcare consulting
  • Healthcare corporations
  • Hospital administration
  • Inpatient services
  • Nonprofit health organizations
  • Nursing services
  • Public health agencies

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.


Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the health services PhD program will be prepared to:

  • Accurately evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare policy in a dynamic healthcare environment.
  • Lead and inform the professional dialogue on key health services issues.
  • Design, conduct, and analyze studies of economic evaluation in healthcare.
  • Apply critical-thinking skills to the analysis of controversial issues and conflicting perspectives associated with healthcare ethics and law.
  • Identify and mobilize human and institutional resources and services to meet the health services needs of diverse communities and populations.
  • Engage in scientific inquiry that advances the knowledge base of research and practice in health services.


FAQ About Walden’s Online PhD in Health Services

Why should you consider enrolling in an online PhD in Health Services program?

Earning a PhD in Health Services online has many advantages. When you attend an online university like Walden, you can earn your degree on a schedule that is designed for those working full time. Some of the benefits include:

  • Flexibility and structure: Programs that are offered online are still structured, with weekly assignments, participation, and due dates; however, within the program’s structure, you have the freedom to choose participation times that best sync with your schedule.
  • A global perspective: When you are part of a global virtual classroom, you’re learning alongside students who bring diverse perspectives, insights into other cultures, and problem-solving approaches that can inform your own approaches to healthcare issues.
  • Asynchronous discussions: Coordinating schedules with classmates and faculty members to have real-time discussions can be frustrating in a traditional classroom setting. With online learning, discussions aren’t cut off when the bell rings. Interactive online tools allow you to add to conversations when your ideas are formulated and to follow discussions when it’s most convenient.
  • Support when you need it: Walden’s suite of student services puts success at your fingertips. You will find 24/7 tech support, writing services, online research tools, tutorials, webinars, help identifying research funding, and much more.
What kind of specializations does a PhD in Health Services program offer?

At Walden, you can choose from an array of program specializations to tailor your studies to your experience, goals, and interests. In addition to a Self-Designed option, students can choose from specializations in Community Health, Healthcare Administration, Leadership, and Public Health Policy. Should you choose the Self-Designed option, you can select from a wide range of courses to match your interests and career goals. Walden also offers and accelerated program to students who hold a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA). This option recognizes your past coursework and provides a shorter path to completing your PhD in Health Services.

What are some tips for completing the dissertation or capstone project?

Procrastination can get the best of many of us when it comes to competing a dissertation or capstone project. So, how can you position yourself for success during your PhD in Health Services program? Consider these best practices:

  • Work with a mentor if you’re not already doing so.
  • Set deadlines for yourself.
  • Create an accountability chart.
  • Split up larger tasks into smaller ones.
  • Partner with another student and encourage each other’s work.
  • Never hesitate to use the resources supplied by your university. Most good ones have student support services for doctoral students.
  • Don’t multitask—just handle one task at a time.
How do you choose the best online university for your PhD in Health Services program?

When it comes to finding the best online academic institution, reputation is key. Walden University has been leading adult learning and developing distance education programs for more than 50 years. When other universities struggled to transition to virtual learning during COVID-19, Walden University did not waver. Now more than ever, working professionals need online access and an accredited university that enables them to achieve success and receive the support they need—from the time they enroll, to graduation and beyond.

What is an academic residency, and why is it important to my PhD in Health Services program?

Academic residencies, skills labs, and pre-practica are face-to-face or virtual learning experiences that align with your online coursework to enhance your skill development, scholarship, and professional practice. Required for most PhD programs—including Walden’s PhD in Health Services—residencies also provide students with the opportunity to collaborate and network with other students, staff, and faculty members.

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